The enemies of the CVA have not changed their positions or arguments in all this time. They haven’t needed to because they never had to defend them. Classic David and Goliath. They just kept alluding to how this was a complicated issue and was being considered in conference. Blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. Frustrated past the point of anger, this band of sisters and brothers went to Albany to literally make themselves be seen and heard. They wanted to let Goliath know that David was taking out his slingshot….
Senator Flanagan, by now you must realize that New Yorkers have identified you as the one who has been scuttling the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) for all these years. We can see how, in your role as Senate Majority Leader, you’ve kept the CVA buried and out of public sight, even breaking your own Senate rules to prevent it getting a vote.
Fortunately, you’ve been doing this for so long that the talking points you use (lobbyist provided?) have expired. They are all debunked and dis-proven by empirical data collected from states that have passed reform bills with a look-back window like the one in the CVA. You don’t live in a bubble so you must know these things are true. You refuse to meet with survivors and advocates nor do you let the bill come to the floor of the Senate, because then you could no longer justify your obstruction. Your fellow Senators would then get an opportunity to argue for or against it on its merits, question subject matter experts, and hear public opinion….
OMG, you poor thing!
What a miscarriage of justice it would be for the richest & most powerful institution the world has ever known to be forced to make amends for sex crimes against children & covering them up for decades. After moving sexual predators in your employ from one exploited hunting ground to the next unsuspecting one, destroying lives that might have been happily lived but for atrocities committed by so-called men of God, you think you should get a free pass. That is the definition of chutzpah.
The leadership of the New York State Republican Senate does not really fear the things they say they fear. They are merely repeating the talking points given to them by the groups that are lobbying hard against the Child Victims Act (“CVA”).
The only thing the Republican Senators fear is the Roman Catholic Bishops, and the insurance companies that put up millions of dollars to block the part of the legislation called the “look-back window”. Every time the Senate leadership repeats the reasons they cannot support the CVA they are not being truthful. Maybe they believed themselves 12 years ago when the effort to gain justice for survivors began in New York, but not any longer. There is more than enough empirical evidence and data, compiled from the many states that have passed similar legislation, to disprove these tired talking points and eliminate the doubts and fears they claim to have.
The Assembly in New York has passed a version of the CVA 5 times so far. But the Republican leadership in the Senate continues to avoid confronting the evidence by never allowing this bill to come to the floor for a vote. Credible expert testimony at an open Senate Hearing on this subject would annihilate the arguments they cling to and voters would be able to see how each and every one of their representatives cast their vote on an issue supported by over 90% of New Yorkers….
And something needs to be done!
When I first went public as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I intentionally refrained from attacking the Catholic Church. I would say the abuse happened in a prestigious all-boys private high school but would not mention it by name or that it was a Catholic school. I was still thinking that child abusers were individual sick people and the institutions that gave them access to their victims had no culpability for their actions. How could they have known? It would not be right to hold them responsible for a few bad apples in their basket? In my correspondence with the officials of the school where the abuse took place, I went so far as to write:…
As happens every few years or so, my wife feels the “need” to repaint a room in our apartment, which means it’s time for a project that goes way beyond painting the walls. Starting with finding the right color, it can’t be considered done until everything in the room and on the walls is in harmony. Rugs, throws, pillows, pictures and anything else that might conflict is at risk of replacement.
The final step, and my favorite (not just because it’s the last one) is choosing photos to hang on the walls. We like to use our own pictures from vacation or some unusual scene from our NYC neighborhood. It’s the fun part as I am especially proud of my photographic skills (the skill is taking enough pictures to find some good ones) and love to point out to guests that the pictures on the walls are mine.